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I had a patient in the clinic who really did not want an abortion but who had no resources to cover the costs of prenatal care or childbirth. She was single and without insurance coverage but made just enough money to be ineligible for state assistance. She already had outstanding bills at the hospital and with the local ob-gyn practice. No doctor would see her without payment up front.
We were willing to do the abortion for a reduced rate or for free if necessary. But she really didn’t want an abortion. Once I understood her situation, I went to the phone and called the local ‘crisis pregnancy center.’
"Hello, this is Dr. Wicklund."
Dead silence. I might as well have said I was Satan.
"Hello?" I said again. "This is Dr. Wicklund."
"Hello," very tentatively, followed by another long silence.
"I need help with a patient," I said. She came to me for an abortion, but really doesn’t want one. What she really needs is someone to do her prenatal care and birth for free."
"What do you expect us to do?"
I let that hang for a minute.
This Common Secret, Susan Wicklund
Crisis Pregnancy Centers often disguise themselves as medical facilities, with advertisements offering “help” with an unplanned pregnancy. Their main goal is to keep the pregnant person from having an abortion at all costs. Usually, all they’ll give you is a free pregnancy test, some baby clothes, and maybe a box of diapers.
The patient referred to in the quote was given free prenatal care and did not have to pay the financial cost of childbirth by a local anti-choice doctor. She would often stop by Dr. Wicklund’s office to let her know how she was doing:
"He always moans and groans about being tricked into [doing this]," she says. "Then he goes off on these tirades against abortion."
This Common Secret is a good and short book to read that really drives home how anti-choicers behave. The people… they are not good people.
It’s a socially acceptable way of being a complete and total utter asshole.
See, they don’t care that they are lying to these women, that they are pretending to help them and are misleading them and preventing them from receiving medical care. They know that they are doing it. But they believe that they are justified because of the end result. They literally believe that God condones their actions, no matter how heinous, because of the end result. They will stop at nothing, not even murder.
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I like to think that even though we’re ninth, Libras are at the top of the “most likely to sweet-talk someone else into murdering someone for them.”
Pisces are 10th because we’re highly likely to murder - we’re just don’t always let you know that.
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